Young entrepreneur, Daniel Hurst, shared his thoughts on live TV this week after being picked to take part in a debate about employment for under 16s.
Business and Economics journalist for the BBC, Steph McGovern chaired the debate on BBC Breakfast (Monday 4th December) which looked at the arguments for and against working whilst at school. Daniel, who is studying for A-levels in Business, Maths and Economics at Winstanley College is very much for working, having been involved in Young Enterprise from the age of 14.
Daniel, who is 16 and from Wigan, said: ‘As a member of the Wigan Youth Zone Enterprise Team I set up and ran my own business selling mugs that had a space in the bottom for a cookie. We managed to speak to manufacturers, designers and sell 1000 of our own products. We sold on The Manchester Christmas markets, to businesses, through small trade fairs and online’
‘It was such a fantastic experience and I have gained contacts that I will be able to continue to work with for the rest of my life, I cannot believe the opportunities it opened; meeting Touker Sulayman, pitching to all the major retailers at once in the Trafford Centre and even chatting with Prince Harry!’
With such an impressive portfolio of experiences behind him, Daniel was able to put forward extremely valid points and was not fazed by the TV cameras at all, commenting: ‘because there were just a few of us in the studio it wasn’t as intimidating as standing up in front of a large audience (which I have also done recently). It was a topic I feel strongly about so I really enjoyed the experience.’
As well as the BBC, Radio 5 Live also interviewed Daniel and the rest of the panel for their daily phone in.
In the future, Daniel has hopes to open his own business within the property industry.